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Sharon Osbourne: I had double mastectomy

  • Osbourne matriarch underwent procedure after learning she carries a gene that increases her risk of breast cancer
  • Osbourne: 'I've had cancer before and I didn't want to live under that cloud'
Sharon Osbourne opens up about her decision to undergo a double mastectomy.

Sharon Osbourne has revealed she opted to undergo a double mastectomy after learning she carries a gene that could increase her risk of developing breast cancer.

"The Talk" co-host revealed to Hello magazine that she decided to have both breasts removed in an effort to curb her risk of developing cancer -- a decade after successfully battling colon cancer.

"As soon as I found out I had the breast cancer gene, I thought: 'The odds are not in my favor'," Sharon told the magazine. "I've had cancer before and I didn't want to live under that cloud: I decided to just take everything off, and had a double mastectomy."

Osbourne, 60, said she underwent the 13-hour operation so she could see her family grow up and be there for them as much as possible: "For me, it wasn't a big decision, it was a no-brainer," she revealed.

"I didn't want to live the rest of my life with that shadow hanging over me. I want to be around for a long time and be a grandmother to Pearl," she said about her son Jack's daughter.

Osbourne, who has been open about her breast implants, said she doesn't regret the decision to have the operation at all.

"I didn't even think of my breasts in a nostalgic way, I just wanted to be able to live my life without that fear all the time."

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